Inspired by the magnificent thunderstorms that take place in Atlanta, “The Storm” is a series of work created by photographing dumpsters. Experience the sky changing from blue to gray to black and then back to blue again. Before the rain, the roar of the thunder echoes throughout the sky, shaking the earth to its core. Following the thunderous clamor, as if on cue, streaks of lightning paint the sky. The clouds seem to open and a deluge of rain falls from the sky. And then, just as quickly as it began, the storm rolls out, blue skies emerge leaving traces of the storm behind. Mother Nature’s rage and fury gives way to growth and rebirth, forever altering her landscape.
My subjects are unsightly, they smell, and they are man-made eyesores against the landscapes they sit; yet they can also be delicate, unique, and stunningly beautiful. Weathered by time and the elements (both natural and unnatural), dumpsters are hidden gems among the urban landscape that is perpetuating the destruction of Mother Nature. For my series “The Storm”, I focus on the marks on dumpsters resulting in weathering due to exposure to the elements over time. Sometimes I sought out dumpsters right before or after a storm; other times, I used a squirt bottle filled with water and a paintbrush to recreate the effects of rain. I used over ten different dumpsters to create this series - mostly found in Atlanta, but some were found as far as Oregon.